If you’ve traveled with small children
, you know it can be a challenge. Sharing a hotel room with small people who go to bed early can end with parents exiled to bathrooms and balconies. Not fun. I’m a traveler with a gypsy soul, and plan to continue seeing the world with my two wee ones in tow. We’ve discovered that it is possible to share a hotel room with our small people without losing our minds. The Bear goes to bed at 7 and turns into a grump if he stays up late, so we try to honor bed time no matter where we are. Here’s how we do it.
I apologize for the crappy pictures. Hopefully you can still get the idea. You will need a Pack ‘n Play , two blankets, thumb tacks, and the room’s clock radio. We build a hotel tent around our pack-n-play. On one ill-fated occasion we used the hotel “crib” at a super nice resort that shall remain nameless. It resembled something found in an orphanage in Kazakhstan. Horrible. We went out the next day and bought a cheap pack-n-play and then donated it to a ministry in the area when we left. It would have cost $50 to fly with our travel crib from home each way ($100 total) and the cheap-o crib cost $40. Awesome.
Set up your pack-n-play in the corner of the room. Plug in your clock radio and set it to a non-station playing only white noise. Turn it up and place it under the pack-n-play. Tack your blankets to the ceiling making a tent. Rock that wee one to sleep and place them in their lovely mini room. Continue to go about your business in your room, even enjoying your tv or computer on a low volume. White noise is miraculous, my friends. Some folks use a wifi monitor and head to the hotel lobby or pool, but that is up to you and your level of comfort. I go back and forth, but it really depends on the hotel. We’ve used the hotel tent method in many different venues, and it always works. We are not co-sleepers, so our kiddos are used to sleeping in their own space. We use a Twilight Turtle
with our older child so the dark isn’t scary. It may take a few tries to get your child used to the Hotel Tent, but it will be well worth it when you aren’t trapped with your spouse on a bathroom floor. Your child gets the sleep they need to enjoy the trip and you don’t have to watch a movie in the bathtub. Everybody wins.
What are your secrets to traveling with kids?